Shoot the Freak Fridays at Trade: "It's About Causing a Reaction"
Via Facebook.com/TRADEMIA Shoot the Freak! Except her -- don't shoot her.
"Free your mind, and your ass will follow."
Those wise words from the godfather of funk, George Clinton himself, is the motto at Trade Nightclub's Shoot the Freak Fridays.
"It's kinda like dance as if nobody was watching and let your mind be free," says Tomas Ceddia, one of the masterminds behind the bash and co-owner of the Electric Pickle.
"It's in the spirit of not taking ourselves seriously."
Named after the classic Coney Island carnival attraction Shoot the Freak, starring clowns and carny characters would heckle the crowd and serve as human paintball targets, Trade's Friday-night party is all about creating a "safe haven" where freaks can be freaks.
"It was inspired by this awesome, ridiculous thing that's not around anymore," laughs Ceddia.
And as Trade owner Luis Morera says: "We wanted a name that was gonna get people's attention somehow, and thought the name would be perfect. It's something fun."
Still, the name might still leave you scratching your head, wondering WTF Shoot the Freak is all about.
"Basically, you come here without expecting the sparkle and glam of all the other clubs. It's a night that revolves around the music, sound, lighting," explains Morera. "On top of that, just like the game in Coney Island, a freak shows up to the party every week."
"You'll see a character randomly walking around, ordering drinks, behaving like a normal patron. We had someone dressed as Carrie when the movie came out. And another week, we had someone wearing a bear costume," he laughs.
"The night is about causing a reaction."